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Another picture from our "mini TE meeting" in Edinburgh two weeks ago, this time of the Scotsman Hotel and Spa in Market Street, near Waverley Railway Station.

Originally built in 1905 as the rather bold and ostentatious Edwardian offices of the "Scotsman" newspaper, this building was taken over in 2005 by JJW Hotels & Resorts and converted into this now very expensive luxury hotel and spa complex.

In the early 1900s the North Bridge running between the New and Old Towns of Edinburgh was widened and, as part of the expansion, this 190 foot high tower was built into which The Scotsman newspaper moved their offices. The building cost around £500,000.

The direct access from Market Street to the building was an ideal distribution outlet for the papers to be packed directly onto the trains at Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station straight from the printing house that took up the entire basement. The middle floors of the building were originally used for the editorial offices and the current penthouse used to be the pigeon lofts. The site now occupied by the North Bridge Brasserie originally held the reception and trading rooms where bartering over advertising took place.

ISO 160, 1/125 sec at f/8, focal length 30mm.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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